THE THING #33
by Mark Gruenwald (writer) and Ron Wilson & Kim DeMulder (artists)Victim:
Titania (Davida DeVito)Disguise:
Golddigger, a female wrestlerSynopsis:
With the Grapplers now gone legit as wrestlers, Titania takes a shower after losing a match with Battleaxe. One of the other female wrestlers, Golddigger shoots her with an explosive bullet, declaring "Justice is Served!"
She makes a getaway, claiming it was a man who killed Titania; the Thing suspects Golddigger is the actual killer but is blocked by a distraught Battleaxe, who finds the body and is fooled by Golddigger's story.Is this a key part in the Scourge story?
Somewhat. It would be hard for a male to fit into the Golddigger disguise, making this the first indication that there might be more than one Scourge, who is female; all previous instances of a female Scourge could be attributed to a man in drag. Does this tie in to the main story in this issue?
A lot of the issue is devoted to reintroducing the Grapplers and establishing them as legit wrestlers so it ties in in that sense.Postmortem use of victim:
Another Titania, Mary MacPherson was already active at this point. Davida DeVito is later revived by the Hood and takes on the alias Lascivious.Other comments: The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition
indicates that Golddigger was in fact the original Scourge, unlikely as that may seem, but subsequent Handbooks
treat this Scourge as agent Caprice, making this Caprice's first appearance. An actual Golddigger, Angela Golden later turns up. It is unclear if Caprice was impersonating Golden or if Golden co-opted Caprice's abandoned alias. Probably due to her being naked, we don't actually see Titania die, just Scourge opening fire and then Battleaxe finding the body. Her actual death is depicted in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe v2#20
(i.e. Book of the Dead Deluxe Edition
); #16 credits all death scenes drawn for the Book of the Dead
issues to James Fry and Josef Rubinstein. This is the first time a second Scourge hit occurs in the same title, since Scourge killed Miracle Man in Thing #24
. This is the first time that a character is killed off by a co-creator (Mark Gruenwald).